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December 2018 Newsletter

Wednesday, December 19, 2018  
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CommUNITY Gathering: Mental Health and the Music Industry
An often over-looked reality within the music industry is the prevalence of anxiety, depression, and addiction in this community of creators, music-makers, and career-builders. The musician's office is often a bar, the hours are late and sporadic, and life on the road can make it challenging to adopt healthy routines.

For the third annual CommUNITY Gathering, singer-songwriter, Lynn Miles will present a k
eynote discussion about overcoming addiction and mental health issues as a full-time performer. She will share stories and insights from 42 years as a professional musician and will lead an artist panel to discuss how the music community can come together to create safety nets and reduce the detrimental factors and stressors that exist in the industry.
Thursday, February 14th, at 1 pm
*You must be a registered delegate of the FAI conference to attend.
In addition to the CommUnity event, our advocacy committee will be distributing a resource document to connect and guide people to continue seeking support for self-care. Also at the conference, there will be a Wellness Room that will provide additional resources and a quiet space to escape during the conference. We encourage you to join us in our social media campaign and share photos of your wellness choices at the conference, it's all about #balance!
And finally, in an effort to support time for connecting and #balance at the conference, we have shifted Official Showcase hours to allow for dinner time planning! The NEW Official Showcase hours are from 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm to accommodate dinner on the town in Montréal.

Research: Musician Work Stress Impacts Mental Health

The SIMS Foundation, in collaboration with Lloyd Berg, Ph.D., a faculty researcher with the University of Texas, Austin Dell Medical School Department of Psychiatry, recently teamed up to investigate the impact of musician work and financial stress on mental health. This study is the first to identify occupational and financial stress as independent risk factors for depression and anxiety in musicians.

Dr. Berg will present the study's findings and the SIMS Foundation's recommended interventions directly following the CommUNITY gathering on Thursday, February 14th, at 2 pm.

Recording Academy Taskforce

In May this year, the Recording Academy formed a new task force on diversity and inclusion. Tina Tchen, chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama, was tapped to lead the group whose focus is to "examine barriers and biases affecting women and other underrepresented voices in the music industry, and, specifically, the Recording Academy."
In August the task force launched a series of Listening Forums in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, and Chicago. Our Executive Director, Aengus Finnan, was invited to address the forum in New York. You can read the speech here.
The central themes of Aengus' message to the task force can be summarized in these two statements from his speech:
"The voice of the people is about authenticity and expression, and each community has its own voice, and its own songs to sing."
"As a white, male, heterosexual, English-speaking leader of a traditional non-profit organization in a historically white industry, it is important for me to acknowledge the power and privilege inherent in my position (culturally, socially, and in this business context). It follows then, that it is my duty to also acknowledge the systemic issues of injustice, inequity, and suppression within our industry that require attention."
Participation in the Listening Forums is in alignment with FAI's vision to be "A Respected Organization within the Music Industry" and our ongoing efforts to advocate for the values of diversity and inclusion within all FAI events and programs.
We're proud to be an organization at the table in this conversation and wish to thank the Recording Academy, Neal Portnow, Tina Tchen, and the members of the taskforce for leading this critical conversation.
Annual Report
FAI published its annual report last week for the fiscal year July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. This report represents another year of strategic growth and achievement in the folk music community.

Read about our first micro-conference events produced outside of North America with The ExChange, our new traveling showcase brand Finest Folk, and our first-ever official event celebrating GRAMMY week. Please also take a moment to review our continued financial growth and sustainability in a summary of our fiscal year.

Folk DJ Scholarship Recipient

Jalila Arthur, a young broadcaster from KUNM in Albuquerque New Mexico has been selected to receive the Folk DJ Scholarship award.
Jalila recently received her Masters in Public Administration and has been on the air since high school playing music, interviewing guests and supporting the mission of broadcasting. “As an avid radio listener, I felt naturally drawn to my university station: KUNM-FM. I am now a graduate of the University of New Mexico, a volunteer at KUNM, and the current coordinator and youngest member of the station’s folk collective. I host two shows, Folk Routes and Ear to the Ground.”
The Gene Shay Folk DJ Scholarship includes FAI conference registration, hotel for four nights, travel compensation up to $500, and more.
The scholarship, determined by a committee comprised of radio veterans and music industry executives is awarded on an annual basis. The current committee is Ellen Stanley, (KFAI - Minneapolis, MN), William (Biff) Kennedy (Charterhouse Music Group - Philadelphia, PA), Mary Sue Twohy (SiriusXM Radio - USA and Canada), Diane Hunt (KBOO - Portland, OR), Bud Johnson (Acoustic Accents - Syndicated - Homer, Alaska), and Jon Farmer (Georgian Bay Roots Radio - Ontario, CA), working in tandem with FAI staff.

New Board Appointees

The FAI Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of four new directors to the board. Results of the current board election will be published in the new year.
Chloe Goodyear
Chloe is the Head of Programming for the Woodford Folk Festival, The Planting Festival, and Festival of Small Halls Australia. Though most of Chloe's career has been with Woodfordia Inc, she has acted as the Executive Producer for MONA FOMA (Tasmania), as a show producer for major Brisbane arts venues, and as a consultant, agent, and manager. She has a BA in Theater Studies, has served on the boards of Vulcana Women's Circus, Flipside Circus and Folk Alliance Australia, and the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival (PEI) and was a recipient of the 2017 FAI Spirit of Folk Award. (Appointment to begin at the 2019 AGM in February)

Gerald Torres
Gerald Torres is a leading figure in critical race theory, environmental law, and federal Indian Law. He previously served as the Bryant Smith Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law and taught at The University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as Associate Dean. He is also a former president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Torres has served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as counsel to former U.S. attorney general Janet Reno. He is an avid Blues-man.

(Appointment to begin at the 2019 AGM in February)
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Meg Tarquinio
Meg Tarquinio is a Senior Editor at Spotify where she works to nurture folk music culture by curating for folk, roots music, and acoustic audiences - building a playlist ecosystem that aims to engage new listeners and deepen fans' experiences with music. Meg's early experiences with folk music communities at local powwows, Irish traditional music festivals, etc. inspired her to pursue a career in music. She attended Northeastern University to study music business, history, and ethnomusicology. She later obtained an MA and Ph.D. in Literature, situating her work within the digital humanities to explore how technology can evolve the way we create, consume, and critique art.
(Appointment to begin at the 2019 AGM in February)
Reid Wick
Reid Wick has served music communities across the South for many years. He is the Recording Academy's New Orleans-based Membership and Industry Relations representative, where his responsibilities include membership, advocacy, creating professional development and networking programs across a five-state region. , the two years post-Hurricane Katrina, Wick administered the MusiCares' Hurricane Relief Fund. Wick served Loyola University's College of Music as marketing communications manager and instructor in Music Industry Studies. He has served on numerous boards and co-owned an indie record label. He received the 2018 Cutting Edge Music Conference Lifetime Achievement Award. Wick is an active New Orleans musician.
(Appointment began in October 2018)
Plan Your Conference Schedule Now!
Those of you looking to get a head start in your planning for the upcoming conference in February can begin mapping their trip now. The tentative schedule-at-a-glance is available on our website. A finalized schedule will be available in January.
To plan your Official Showcase schedule, you can view the details of a specific artist or a complete timeline here.
Guest Columnist - Roger Deitz

Few people can say they were there for the inception of Folk Alliance International. Roger Deitz is one of those people who has been witness to everything the organization has become over the past 30 years. A longtime folk musician and magazine columnist to Frets, Acoustic Guitar, Fast Folk, Billboard, and Sing Out!, Roger now has the distinction of being our first guest columnist on this blog. Please enjoy this column from Roger full of musings and reminiscences of FAI’s first meetings and conferences.

Deitz’s Malibu Musings invites the reader to experience the magic and surprise of those first few years through his eyes. Maybe you weren’t able to make it in the beginning–maybe you didn’t know about it, or perhaps you weren’t yet alive! This blog provides an insider’s view of Folk Alliance International from its ambitious start.

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More Must-Sees in Montréal!
Last month Eli Levinson shared some great spots to cozy up to live music. In this edition of Montréal Favorites, Mélisande speaks to the wonders of the city's outdoor scene–even in the winter.

Active since 1995, Mélisande is dedicated to the project Mélisande [électrotrad] which presents traditional songs presented with a feminine perspective and electro-pop arrangements. The band has released two albums and has won several awards including the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award – Traditional Singer of the Year. She is currently conducting a traditional songs field recording project along the banks of the Richelieu River.

Favorite restaurant: Mai Xiang Yuan (1082 St-Laurent), awesome dumplings!!! Try lamb & cilantro.

Favorite music venue:
Le Lion d’Or, I have memories of several memorable evenings in this room including...
Read more from Mélisande here!
Register for FAI 2019
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Industry First-Timers can still Apply for a Scholarship
Save More with Folk Referral
Members can refer a first-timer and save money. You earn $50 towards your paid registration for each qualifying registrant who names you as their referral source.
Refer five first-timers and earn $250--that's a free conference registration!
Not a member yet? Become one now! Check out the details on this referral program here and SAVE on registration for this year's FAI conference.
Conference Hotels
The conference hotel is currently sold out. We have negotiated overflow blocks at two additional hotels, or you are welcome to book anywhere in the city.
  • Renaissance Montréal Downtown (CAD 195.00/night - both king bed and two queen beds available). Book here.
  • Hotel Monville (CAD 179/night - king rooms only) - promo code: FOLK2019. Book here.

    For discounts on flights, rental cars, and more, click here.
Non-Canadian Conference Attendees

For ease of entry for non-Canadian attendees, FAI has gathered letters regarding the nature of the Conference.
Please make sure to bring t
his letter from FAI and this letter from Canada Border Services Agency with you when crossing the border.
Now is the perfect time for people to apply for Global Entry, a trusted traveler program that can save you hours by accessing expedited lines at Customs. More information and eligibility criteria here.

NACC Chart Member Discount

FAI has negotiated a member discount of $50 a month for industry and $25 for artists to access the North American College and Community (NACC) Folk Chart. Find more details and sign up here.
Hazel Dickens Folk Alliance International 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Lifetime Achievement Award Videos

Each year, FAI presents its Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards to honor the cultural impact of legendary Living, Legacy, and Organizational/Academic folk music figures.

Visit our Awards page to access the full video archive of past honorees.
Survey gift card winners
Sincere thanks to all who participated in our landmark research survey assessing perceptions within the folk music industry. We had an incredible 2,093 individuals fill out the survey. We are profoundly grateful and look forward to sharing results from the survey in Montréal in February.
We also wanted to share public congratulations to the five winners of our $100 gift card raffle; Calista Garcia, Laurie Lewis, Mollie Farr, Suzette Weakley, Richard Broadbent. Thanks for filling out the survey and enjoy your win!
Social Media Shoutout

Our member, Lowell "Banana" Levinger earned his first IMDB movie credit this holiday season. Appearing in a musical scene of Netflix's The Christmas Chronicles with Kurt Russell, Banana played the piano to "Santa Claus Is Back In Town." An iconic tune orignally performed by Elvis and written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, along with other members of The Disciples of Soul. Be sure to add this boisterous flick to your holiday watch list and keep an eye out for your fellow folkie!

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